Take 2: Teaching Children w/ Autism Washington, DC

 
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Dear Take2 Supporter,

July is near, and the staff are energized for a summer filled with fun and social learning at Take2.  There has always been something magical about the Take2 Camp experience for the campers, but the staff clearly share this sentiment.  We captured some of it from emails, phone conversations, and in passing:

“It always amazes how we set out to teach social skills and wind up providing an environment where true friendships blossom—a lucky byproduct of all the hard work we do!”  - BL

 "I am really looking forward to Take2!  I can’t wait to see how our returning kids are doing." - NK

 “The amazing thing about Take2 is that everyone who works there has so much fun that it doesn’t feel like work.” - MA

 “I tell everyone about Take2.  So much progress happens in such a short period of time. It is so rewarding.” - RP

In four weeks, we get to know and build a team with 16 bright, talented campers—many of whom have felt misunderstood for most of their lives.  The sense of solidarity that develops over the four weeks of Take2 is precipitated by the compassion and support from our staff, who do everything in their power to make camp an incredibly fun, incredibly supportive environment.

It is so rewarding to be a part of the Take2 family, and we want to thank you for your ongoing support. With your help, everyone (even the adults!) can look forward to a fabulous summer year after year.  

With gratitude,

Callie Stezar

Staff developing the middle school curriculum
Staff developing the middle school curriculum

Dear Take2 Supporter,

     We’re expanding!  Through frost-covered windows, the Take2 team has been hard at work planning the curriculum (and dreaming of summer) for our Take2 Middle School camp.  Nothing could be more energizing than creating new content with talented educators who share a passion for social learning!

     Take2 Middle School camp takes concepts from the original Take2 camp and challenges campers to apply them in more generalized settings through the planning and execution of several excursions.  While taking part in these excursions, teams of campers will work together to target goals relevant to the weekly theme, and have fun meeting and making new friends.  Our weekly themes include:

  • Listening – What is expected of me as a listener?  What does it mean to be an effective listener?
  • Communicating – It’s more than just words.
  • Code-Switching – Knowing the difference between “regulated” and “unregulated” social systems and how to adjust my behavior for each.
  • Flexibility – Bringing it all together using concepts of flexibility; knowing how to compromise and go with the flow.

     Up to eight campers will join us for our middle school pilot this summer.  Your contribution provides Take2 with the necessary funds needed for this exciting expansion.

  • $20 – will pay for Metro passes for three campers
  • $100 – will purchase one FlipCam to enhance social learning through video self-modeling (VSM)
  • $1000 – will allow one financially needy child to attend camp this summer

   To follow the progress of the Take2 Middle School development, or for more information about Take2, check us out at www.take2camp.org. As always, thank you for your generous contributions and support.

 

Warmly,

Callie Stezar & Lynn Cannon

Dear Take2 Supporter,

 

The Take2 Camp post-season has been incredibly busy!  This fall, we launched our second 15-week social skills program, which uses the Unstuck and On Target! curriculum to teach flexibility and social skills in an engaging environment.

 

Students taking part in Unstuck find a peer group with whom they can spend structured time experiencing success.  For many, this group has helped to cultivate a strong camaraderie with peers and positive relationships with educators that can’t be found elsewhere.  As one student put it, “The teachers are really nice and they make you feel happy and sort of like at home. Very, very comfortable.”

 

Parents of this program have reported, “This is the only place I feel truly comfortable leaving my child—I know that he won’t be misunderstood here.”  While their kids are learning, parents are taking part in a parent education workshop that helps them learn how to shape their support in a way that fosters independence and perseverance.

 

The Unstuck program has nearly doubled since its pilot in the Spring of 2013.  It has given us the opportunity to widen our reach to both child and parent members of the community, and for that, we are very grateful.

 

Over the next few weeks, Take2 Camp will begin the application process for it’s 11th summer.  This is a particularly busy and exciting time, because we are also in the process of developing a middle school version of Take2 that will be ready to launch in the summer of 2014!  Please check our website as we post more information about this new, excursion-based program. 

 

Although the weather is determined to make us feel otherwise, summer will be upon us before we know it, and we ask that you consider Take2 Camp during this giving season.  

Your support has been and continues to be an essential component of our success. 

 

Gratefully,

 

Callie Stezar and Lynn Cannon

Dear Friends of Take 2,

We just wrapped up our 10th summer at Take2. The campers and staff have much to be proud of: they worked hard, learned a lot and, most importantly, had a lot of fun along the way. Each camper celebrated so many successes, whether it was….

  • finding that there really is someone who loves Yu-gi-oh as much as I do and while we might disagree about which card is the best, we can still be friends
  • uncovering my strengths and challeges helps me figure out when I need to ask for help and when I can help others
  • realizing that if I lose a game of Connect 4 gracefully there will be opportunities for games in the future because people will want to play with me again
  • investigating what others are trying to communicate through their words, body langague and tone of voice
  • discovering that when I cheer for others, they are more likely to cheer for me and that feels great
  • overcoming a fear of heights, taking a plunge and riding the zip-line at Calleva camp…or
  • figuring out that there is always a Plan B…..

 This summer’s curriculum focused on:

-          Week 1: “Thinking about Me” Labeling my own emotional experience and what strategies I can use to regulate myself when my feelings start to get out of control.  

-          Week 2: “Thinking about You”- How do I use the your “clues”… body language, tone of voice and facial expression to figure out what you are thinking and feeling?

-          Week 3: “Thinking about Us”- How do my thoughts differ from yours? How does my behavior impact the thoughts you are having and how can we create good thoughts in one another so that you want to be with me and I want to be with you?

-          Week 4: “Bringing it all Together”- The strategies and skills the campers acquired over the 3 weeks were put into action as we took several field trips and made gifts for one another.

The fun does not cease with the end of summer- social learning groups will continue throughout the year as kids continue to explore the secrets of friendship, tips for how to be flexible and how to set plans to accomplish their goals. 

Check our website often to find camp updates, social learning groups and summer 2014 registration.

As always, we are so grateful for your support. 

Fondly,

Lynn

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GLOBAL GIVING MATCHING FUNDS DAY!

Wednesday, June 12

      Starting @ 9am

Dear Friends,

It’s that time again…Global Giving is matching ALL donations we receive, Wednesday, June 12th, at 50 percent
This is a really important opportunity for Take 2.  If you are able, please help us raise the funds we need for this camp season, which begins July1stThe site opens for donations at 9am, please give early before the matching funds run out. You can click here to donate: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/teaching-children-with-autism/.  You can also learn more there about Take 2. 

Our costs are low – other than staff salaries we have very few expenses – but we rely on this help from generous friends because camp tuition doesn’t cover our necessarily low staff to child ratio, and we are committed to providing
financial aid to any family that needs it. 

GlobalGiving continues to be a fantastic resource for Take 2.  They give us the benefits of an infrastructure we couldn’t possibly afford, and that allows us to devote more of our time and funds to running a terrific program.  

Thank you so very much for any help you can give us.   Please post to your Facebook, Tweet to your followers, or just call or email friends and relatives and let them know about this opportunity to do good.  

We’re grateful for your support every day, but on this one day your generosity will be amplified, so please donate if you can. 

Thank you!

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Lisa Greenman

Washington, DC United States

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